Not All Americans Run on Coffee

Three Starbucks cups with a big X through the middle one.

Three Starbucks cups with a big X through the middle one.

Poughkeepsie, N.Y. –  Many people believe America runs on coffee. And for some people it does to the extent that they cannot live without it. Even astronauts who desire coffee, but work in space will be able to rejoice with a nice hot cup of Joe as an Italian coffee company Lavazza with help from an engineering company has created the ISSpresso machine, which will provide genuine Italian espresso for them on the International Space Station.

This speculation of America’s obsession with coffee is fueled by active market research too. The National Coffee Association (NCA), which is a marketing research/ lobby group for the coffee industry says that approximately 41% of every day coffee drinkers are between the ages of 18-24, the second largest age percentage behind the 63% between the ages 25-39.

Yet in total the 2013 NCA study found over 83 percent of U.S. adults drink coffee. Keep in mind those may be the people have drank coffee once in their lives, but still almost give credence to the slogan that we run on coffee.

And you would believe that many college students would drink coffee too. Usually when the Fall semester is coming to a close, many students will be studying for long hours in the Library or Donnelly Computer Lab for their final exams with Starbucks or Dunkin Donut’s coffee by their side. Yet, not everyone partakes in the ritual of staying up late with their Grande Mocha Latte or their black coffee. Some seldom or never drink coffee at all. Continue reading

Future Film Directors in Action

What better way to prove yourself to the film industry then to make your own feature length horror film.  Thats what exactly what film Marist Students Alaejandro Lazare, Patrick Mullen, Becky Losito and Tim Croteau are doing.

The film titled “The Forgotten” is about a young kid looking into an abandon hospital, trying to figure out what his father use to do in there, before he is kidnapped and things go horribly wrong.

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Alejandro and Patrick hard at work

One may think the film would use Marist students as actors, but that was not the case.  The only Marist students were the directors/ assistants as the rest of the team were full-time actors from New York City.

Yet how were they able to pay the cast?

Mullen, The Director of the film was fortunate enough that his dad knew the main donor for the Woodstock film festival.  He generously donated 5,000 dollars for the projects.

He told the crew to “Consider (The Donor) me the Angel Donor.”

Of course connections were not alone to get the donations.  They showed the donor all the 12 major documents how their going to film, where they will film and their budget.

And the results look terrific.  Makeup and film all look professionally done.  They were almost able to stay in budget, but transportation for the actors was just too much for them to stay on track.

They will be submitting the film to many upcoming film festivals.

Marist Storm Emergency Plan Facts

Every student worries whether a major storm or snow storm will hit their campus. They wonder how prepared their college is for the storm. Although you will have some who are exited over the possibility it would cancel classes, the fact that it could disrupt the student bodies standard of living might just out way the benefits of a cancelled 8 am class.

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Marist’s New Touchscreen Computers

Poughkeepsie, NY- You may have noticed the new “All in One” (Desktop+monitor) computers for the first time at the beginning of the semester, but when did you notice they feature touchscreens?

For awhile Library student employee/Student Government Resident Senator Brian Lampert did not know they featured it..

“I noticed the new (touchscreen) computers about three weeks after the semester had started; keep in mind I’ve been at Marist for a week before that, so it took me about 4 weeks to notice that they were touchscreen,” Lampert said. Continue reading

Hidden Gem: Half Time Beverages

Have you ever seen a 21 year old college student run around a store like a kid in a candy shop? No.  Then the odds are you have not heard or been to Half Time beverages. Located South of Road 9 about seven miles from Marist college, it’s enough of a distance where Marist students may not know about it, but it’s not far enough to deter anyone with a car from going, especially after the many delicious drinks that await.

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Allergy Relief Time

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.–The sweat is gone, but the sniffles are just arriving. The fall allergy season is considered to be right around the corner, but it seems to have already been affecting several residents around the Poughkeepsie Area.

It seems to be a common seasonal trend as when the heat begins to decline and as the coolness begins to set in an increase in the need for allergy medications becomes inevitable among residents of the area and across the nation. Continue reading